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One of Melbourne Castle's surviving sections
Operation Crossroads Baker test at Bikini Atoll
Original cel from The Sinking of the Lusitania
Albert Ball (Georgejdorner, Ian Rose, Soundofmusicals & Carcharoth
Albert Ball was Britain's leading fighter ace of World War I when he was killed in action in 1917 at the age of 20. The article passed GAN and ACR in 2011; two years later a team of four editors with Georgejdorner in the lead have taken it to FA.
Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano (Sturmvogel 66
Initially intended as the third of the Yamato-class battleships, Shinano was instead built as an aircraft carrier. She was torpedoed by an American submarine nine days after being commissioned and before she was completed, and remains the "largest warship ever sunk". The article passed GAN and ACR prior to its successful FAC nomination.
Japanese battleship Mutsu (Sturmvogel 66
Another of Sturmvogel's series of articles on Japanese capital ships, this article covers the career of a battleship that had an uneventful history until she was destroyed at her home port by an accidental magazine explosion in June 1943. The article passed GAN and ACR before achieving FA status.
Jefferson Davis (Omnedon
This article covers the life and career of a United States soldier who became the first and only President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War fought from 1861 to 1865. The article underwent GAN and Peer Review this year before its successful FAC nomination.
Jethro Sumner (Cdtew
The second-last of Cdtew's articles on generals from North Carolina, this article covers the life and military service of an officer who served with distinction in the battles of Stono Ferry and Eutaw Springs but was sidelined for periods of the Revolutionary War due to poor health. The article passed GAN and ACR prior to its successful FAC nomination.
Melbourne Castle (Jimfbleak
Jim described this as "my first full-blown Milhist article", and it's certainly an impressive start, passing ACR and FAC the same month! It covers a medieval castle in Derbyshire that was founded in 1322 but never completed, and includes three photos taken by Jim.
No. 33 Squadron RAAF (Ian Rose
This article covers the history of the unit currently operating all of the RAAF's tanker aircraft. The squadron also saw extensive action during World War II, and has transported VIPs and military personnel around the world since it was re-established in 1983. The article passed GAN and ACR on its way to FA.
Operation Crossroads (Hawkeye7 & HowardMorland
Another in Hawkeye's series on the development of atomic weapons, co-nominated at FAC with Howard Morland, this article covers the nuclear tests conducted at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The tests were designed by the US Navy to demonstrate the survivability of ships under atomic attack, and ended in "the world's first nuclear disaster". The article passed GAN and ACR prior to reaching FA.
Spanish conquest of Petén (Simon Burchell
This article covers final stage of the Spanish conquest of Guatemala between 1618 and 1697. The long-running, but episodic, campaign ended with the destruction of the final independent and unconquered native kingdom in the Americas. Following its successful GAN earlier this year, the article passed both ACR and FAC the same month.
The Sinking of the Lusitania (Curly Turkey
The last of Curly Turkey's series on the works of Winsor McCay, this article focuses on the ground-breaking 1918 silent animated short film e-creating the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Featured lists

List of battleships of Italy (Parsecboy
This article provides a comprehensive listing of the battleships built or designed for the Italian Navy. The development of the article formed one of the last stages in completing the Italian section of Wikipedia's "Operation Majestic Titan".

A-Class articles

Effigy of King Henry III of England (1207–1272) in Westminster Abbey
Croatian special police order of battle in 1991–95 (Tomobe03
This article provides a comprehensive list of the Croatian special forces police units which were formed from August 1990 onwards. These units reached a peak strength of about 3,100 personnel in 1995.
Henry III of England (Hchc2009
In the nomination statement Hchc2009 noted that "Henry III was not the most successful military commander in the 13th century - he lost most of his campaigns, and was almost killed by his own men in one battle". However, his very long reign included some domestic successes and he "shaped the later medieval English state".
Japanese battleship Asahi (Sturmvogel 66
Another of Sturmvogel's high quality articles on Japanese warships, this article covers a pre-dreadnought battleship that saw combat in the Russo-Japanese War and played a small role in the Japanese occupation of Siberia in 1918. She was converted to a repair ship after being retired from active service and was sunk by an American submarine in May 1942.
Melbourne Castle (Jimfbleak)
Silverplate (Hawkeye7
The latest in Hawkeye's series of articles on the early US nuclear weapons program, this article covers the United States Army Air Forces' participation in the Manhattan Project. Appropriately, the article is focused on the modification of heavy bombers to carry atomic bombs and the testing of these weapons.
Spanish conquest of Petén (Simon Burchell)
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